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This little book is intended for children, from Jive to ten
years old. It was prepared because it was thought that the
Question Books in existence were either so brief as to be
unsatisfactory, or so dry and hard as to be unintelligible to
The lessons are short, that they may not be tedious ; and
while they are intended to embrace nearly the whole of the
subjects discussed, they are still only suggestive. Children
love stories. Let each lesson be as much like a story as
possible. Fill up and explain the subject of each lesson
fully, adapting the. explanation to the easy comprehension
of the little scholars. Try and get all the members of the
class out every Sabbath, and ask them each Sabbath about
the previous lesson.
There are forty-five chapters* in the book, but a year or
.more should be occupied in its study — reviewing the whole
of it, or, at least, the chapters recommended in the note at
the close of the forty-fifth lesson.
Imperfect as it is, it is prayfully recommended to the
great cause of Sabbath Schools, and to the blessing of Him
who said of children : " Surfer them to come unto me, for of
such is the kingdom of Heaven."
Atlanta, Ga., January, 1861.
*Tliis edition contains an additional number of lessons.
With the view of rendering "Primary Bible Questions"
still more popular and useful, the entire work has been, with
the knowledge n,nd consont of ttic author, revised and en-
larged. The principal changes are embraced in th^ answers,
which are made, as far as possible, to contain, in each, a
well defined Bible truth, independently of those preceding
or following; and the language in some degree simplified,
and adapted to the more easy comprehension of the young
With a little care, this edition of Bible Questions may
be profitably, used as a class book with former editions the
plan of the book being in the main preserved.
March 1, 1864.
Question. My child, can you tell me who made you f
Answer. God made me.
Q. Who made the earth on which we live ?
A. God made the earth.
Q. When did God make the earth?
A. In the beginning God created the heaven and
the earth. — Gen. 1 : 1.
Q. What did God make on the first day?
A. On the first day God made light.
Q. Of whdt use is. light?
A. Without light we could not see anything.
Q. What was made ou the second day ?
A. On the second day God made the air.
Q. Of what use is the air?
A. We breathe the air, and birds fly in it.
Q. Wha,t was made on the third day ?
A. On the third day God made the dry land.
Q. Did God make anything else on the third day ?
A. Yes ; on the third day God also made all kinds
of treeSj and flowers, and fruits-.
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Q. Are fruits good ?
A. Yes ; fruits— apples, peaches and cherries— are
good and pleasant to eat.
Q. How should we feel towards God for making all these f
A. We should love God for having made all things
that are good and pleasant for our use.
There's not a star whose twinkling light
Illumes the distant earth,
And cheers the solemn gloom of ni^ht,
But goodness gave it birth.
There's not a. place in earth's vast round,
In ocean deep, or air,
Where skill and wisdom are not found,
For God is everywhere.
MORE ABOUT CREATION
Q. Did God make anything else besides the earth, the light, the air,
and the trees and fruit?
A. Yes ; on the fourth day God made the sun, moon
Q. Of what use are the sun, moon and stars ?
A. God made the sun to give us light by day, and
the moon and stars to shine by night.
Q. What was made on the fifth day ?
A. On the fifth day God made all kinds of fishes
and all kinds of birds.
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Q. Did God make fowls— such as hens, chickens, turkeys and geese?
A. Yes ; all the fishes that swim in the water, and
all the fowls that move on the earth and fly in the air,
Q. And who made the horses and the cows, and all kinds of animals?
A. God made all the cattle, and beasts, and things
that creep upon the earth on the sixth day.
Q. What did God make last ?
A. Last of all God made man.
Q. Of what did God make man ?
A. God made man of the dust of the earth, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he
became a living soul.
Q. What was the first man's name ?
A. The first man's name was Adam.
Q. What was the first woman's name ?
A. The first woman s name was Eve.
Q. Now tell me how loDg was God in making all these things ?
A. In six days God made the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that in them is.
And this vast world of ours below,
The water and the" land,
And all the trees and flowers that grow,
Were fashioned by His hand.
Yes, and He formed our iniant race,
And He is ever near
To those who early seek His face
By humble, earnest prayer.
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Q. You said Adam was the first man, and Eve the first woman ; can
you tell me where they lived ?
A. Adam and Eve lived in a beautiful garden, which
God planted for them.
Q. What was the name of the garden ?
A. The garden in which Adam and Eve lived was
Q. What was in the garden of Eden ?
A. In Eden were all sweet flowers, and fruits that
are good to eat, and beautiful birds.
Q. Did Adam and Eve always live in Eden ?
A. No ; Adam and Eve were driven out of Eden.
Q. Why were Adam and Eve driven out of Eden ?
A. Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do,
and therefore God drove them out of the garden.
Q. Where did God drive them to ?
A. God drove Adam and Eve out into the wild woods.
Q. Were they happy there ?
A. No ; Adam and Eve were unhappy after God
drove them from Eden.
Q. Why were they unhappy ?
A. They were unhappy because they sinned against
God acd He punished them.
Q.Dots God always punish sin ?
A- Yes ; God always punishes sin.
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Q, How then ought we to act ?
A. We ought always to obey God in all things, and
to love Him for His goodness.
How sweet to bless the Lord,
And in His praises join,
With saints His goodness to record,
And sing His power divine.
Thus may our joys increase,
And love more ardent grow,
While rich, supplies of Jesus' grace
Refresh our souls below.
Q. You said that God made you, and made all things ; now tell me
who is God?
A. God is the Great and Good Spirit.
Q. Has God a body, like yours and mine?
A. No ; God has not a body.
Q. Where does He live ?
A. God lives in heaven.
Q. Is He anywhere else?
A. Yes ; God is everywhere.
Q. Is God in tnis room?
A. Yes ; God is in this room, and all other places.
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Q. Can you see Him ?
A. No ; we cannot see a Spirit.
Q How is that?
A. We cannot see the air, yet we live and move in
Q. Does God know more than we know?
A. Yes ; God knows everything.
Q. Does God know little things as well as great things ?
A. Yes ; there is nothing that God does not know.
Q. Is God strong ?
A. Yes ; God is stronger than every body ; He has
Q. Is God cruel ?
A. No ; God is good and kind to all creatures.
Q. Does He love good children ?
A. Yes; God loves good children and all good people.
Q. What will God do to bad people and naughty children ?
A. God will punish the bad and make them unhappy.
Q. Does He always know when we are bad?
A. Yes ; God knows everything, bad or good.
Q. How long has God lived?
A. God has lived always, and will live always.
'Twas God that made the earth and skies ;
Great are the wonders of His hand ;
He is more powerful, good and wise
Than any child can understand.
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Bright angels bow before His face,
And saints stand waiting round his throne,
And in that holy, happy place
No sinful thoughts or words are known.
ABOUT CAIN AND ABEL.
Q. Who were Cain and Abel ?
A. Cain and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve.
Q. What was Cain's occupation ?
A. Cain was a tiller of the ground — a farmer.
Q. What business did Abel follow?
A. Abel was a keeper of sheep — a shepherd.
Q. Was Abel a good man ?
A. Yes ; Abel was a good man and served God.
Q. Did God love Abel ?
A. Yes ; God loved Abel, and loves all who obey
Q. Was Cain a good man too ?
A. No ; Cain was a bad man.
Q. What did Cain do?
A. Cain killed his brother Abel.
Q. Why did Cain kill Abel?
A. Cain envied Abel because God loved him.
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Q. How did God feel towards Cain ?
A. God was angry with Cain because he killed his
Q. Is God always angry with bad people?
A. Yes ; God is angry with the wicked every day.
Q. How did God punish Cain for killing Abel?
A. God cursed him for killing Abel, and drove him
off to be a vagrant and wanderer all his life.
Q. Was Cain happy then ?
A. No ; no bad man can be happy.
Father of Spirits, nature's God,
Our inmost thoughts are known to Thee ;
Thou, Lord, canst hear each idle word,
And every private action see.
In vain may guilt attempt to fly,
Concealed beneath the fall of night ;
One glance from Thy all-piercing eye
Can kindle darkness into light.
Q. Who was Noah ?
A. Noah was the good man who built the ark.
Q. When did he live ?
A. Noah lived about four thousand years ago.
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Q. Was everybody good at that time ?
A. No ; in the time of Noah every one else was
Q. What did God do to those wicked people ?
A. God sent a great flood of water, and drowned
Q. Was Noah drowned with them ?
A. No ; Noah was saved in the ark.
Q. What was the ark ?
A. The ark was a great ship which God told Noah
to build, before He sent the flood.
Q. Was any one else but Noah saved in the ark?
A. Yes ; Noah's family was saved with him.
Q. Were any animals saved in the ark?
A. Yes ; some animals of all kinds were saved with
Q. How long did the flood last?
A. It rained forty days anrl forty nights, and the
water covered the earth one hundred and fifty days.
Q. Was. anything saved which was not in the ark?
A. No ; every creature that draws breath through
its nostrils died except what, were in the ark.
Q. May not God drown the earth again ?
A. No ; God has said He will not drown the earth
again by a flood, and the rain-bow is the sign of His
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Q. And will the earth never be destroyed?
A. Yes ; the earth will be destroyed at last by fire.
Q. Will there be an ark to save, then ?
A. Yes ; Christ is the ark that will save from that
Behold the ark of God !
Behold the open door !
Hasten to gain that blest abode,
And rove, my soul, no more.
And when the waves of wrath
Again the earth shall fill,
Thine ark shall ride the sea of fire,
And rest on Zion's hill.
ABOUT ABRAHAM AND ISAAC.
Q. Who was Abraham ?
A. Abraham was a good man who lived more than
three thousand years ago.
Q. What was his son's name ?
A. The name of his son was Isaac.
Q. Did Abraham love Isaac ?
A. Abraham loved Isaac very much.
Q. What did God tell Abraham to do with Isaac ?
A. God told Abraham to take his son Isaac up into
a mountain and to kill him.
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Q. Why did God tell Abraham to do that?
A". God wished to try if Abraham would obey and
trust Him in all things.
Q. Ought we always to obey God ?
A. Yes ; God is always to be obeyed.
Q. Why ought God to be always obeyed ?
A. God has the right to command in all things, and
He would not tell us to do anything wrong.
Q. Did Abraham kill Isaac ?
A. No. When Abraham was about to kill Isaac
God called to him not to do so.
Q. What did Abraham kill instead of Isaac?
A. A ram which was caught in the thicket was slain
instead of Isaac.
Q. What did God do for Abraham for being willing to obey Him by
A. God made Abraham a great and happy man.
Q. And what became of Isaac?
A. Isaac grew up to be a good and useful man.
But Christ, the heavenly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away,
A sacrifice of nobler name,
And richer blood than they,
My faith would lay her hand
On that dear head of Thine,
While like a penitent I stand,
And there confess my sin.
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Q. Who was Lot?
A. Lot was a nephew of Abraham.
Q. Where did Lot live?
A. Lot lived in Sodom.
Q. Was Lot a good man like Abraham ?
A. Yes ; Lot was a righteous man.
Q. Were the people of Sodom good people ?
A. No ; the Sodomites were wicked people.
Q. What did God do to those wicked people ?
A. God rained brimstone and £re upon Sodom, and
burned up the people and everything in it.
Q. Was Lot burned too ?
A. No. God sent Angels and brought Lot and his
family out before he burned Sodom.
Q. What became of Lot's wife ?
A. Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
Q. Wot was she turned into a pillar of salt ?
A. God told Lot and his family not to look back
when they were going from the city, but Lot's wife
looked back and she became a pillar of salt.
Q. Is God always sure to punish disobedienoe ?
A. Yes. God punished Adam and Cain, and the
Sodomites, and Lot's wife, and He will punish all who
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Q. What does He do for those who serve Him ?
A. God was the friend of Abel and Noah, and Abra-
ham, Isaac and Lot, and will be the friend of all who
love and serve Him.
Come let us hear His voice to day.
The counsels of His love obey ;
Nor let our hardened hearts renew
The sins and plagues that Israel knew.
Look back, my soul, with holy dread,
And view those ancient rebels dead;
Attend the offered grace to-day,
Nor lose the blessiDg by delay.
ABOUT ESAU AND JACOB.
Q. Who were Esau and Jacob ?
A. Esau and Jacob were the sons of Isaac.
Q. What kind of man was Esau ?
A. Esau was a strong man and a great huntsman.
Q. What kind of man was Jacob?
A. Jacob was a quiet man and spent his time at
home minding his flocks of sheep find cows.
Q. Did Esau and Jacob fall out?
A. Yes. Esau was hungry one day and Jarob wuld
not share hi* pottage with him unless he would tell him
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Q. Did Esau sell his birthright to Jacob ?
A. Yes ; Esau sold his birthright for the mess of
Q. What happened then ?
A. Esau wanted his birthright back. Jacob refused
to let him have it again.
Q. Was it right of Esau to sell his birthright ?
A. No ; Esau did not value the promise God made
to Abraham or he would not sell his share in it.
Q. What was the promise God made to Abraham ?
A. God promised Abraham that he should have a
son through whom all the nations of the earth should
Q. What became of Esau ?
A. Esau went to live among the heathen, and be-
came a great prince.
Q. What became of Jacob ?
A. Jacob dwelt in Canaan, and was the father of
twelve sons, who were the fathers of the twelve tribes
Q. Who was Israel?
A. Israel was a new name which God gave Jacob.
The children of Israel were afterwards called Hebrews.
Q. Who was the son of Abraham through whom all nations of the
earth is blessed ?
A. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world,
was the son of Abraham.
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Q. Who was Joseph ?
A. Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Jacob.
Q. Did Joseph's father love him better than he did his other sons?
A. Yes. "Because he was the son of his old age."
Q. Did Joseph's brothers love him ?
A. No ; Joseph's brothers hated him.
Q. Why did they hate him?
A. Joseph's brothers hated him because they " saw
that their father loved him better than all his brethren."
They were jealous of him.
Q. Was it right that they should hate Joseph ?
A. No ; it was wrong in Joseph's brothers to hate
Q. What did they do to him in their hatred?
A. Joseph was sold by his brothers as a slave to
Q Who did the traders sell Joseph to ?
A. Joseph was sold to a Captain in Egypt.
Q, How did Joseph's brothers deceive their father?
A. Joseph's brothers tried to make Jacob believe
that wild beasts had killed him.
Q. Did Joseph hate his brothers for their cruelty?
A. No j Joseph loved his brothers still.
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Q. How did Joseph behave in Egypt?
A. Joseph was a good and faithful servant to his
Q. What did God do for Joseph in his troubles ?
A. God blessed Joseph and made him a ruler in
Q. How did Joseph act when he became ruler in Egypt ?
A. Joseph still loved and served God.
Through all the courts the tidings flew,
And spread the joy around;
The abgels tuned their hearts anew ;
The long-lost son is found !
MORE ABOUT JOSEPH.
Q. What happened to Joseph's father and brothers ?
A. There was a great famine, and Joseph's father
and brothers were in want of food.
Q. What did they do to get food ?
A. Jacob sent his sons to Egypt for corn.
Q. How was it that there was corn in Egypt?
A- God foretold to Joseph that the famine was to be,
and he saved a great quantity of corn beforehand.
Q. Did Joseph's brothers know him when they saw him in Egypt ?
A. No ; Joseph was so rich and so great that his
brothers did not know him.
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Q. Did Joseph know his brothers?
A. Yes ; Joseph knew his brothers at once.
Q. Did Joseph punish his brothers for their cruelty to him?
A. No ; Joseph treated his brothers very kindly.
Q. Did Joseph let his brothers have corn ?
A. Yes ; Joseph gave his brothers as much corn as
they could carry home.
Q. Did the brothers of Joseph come again for corn ?
A. Yes ; the famine lasted for seven years, and
when Joseph s brothers wanted more corn they came to
Q. Did Joseph still treat them kindly ?
A. Yes ; Joseph told them he was their brother, and
showed them great favor.
Q. What more did Joseph do ?
A. Joseph sent for his father, and had his brothers
with their families to come and live with him in Egypt.
Q. Was not Jacob glad to see his son Joseph again ?
A. Yes ; Jacob rejoiced greatly at seeing Joseph.
Q. Where was Moses boru ?
A. Moses was born in Egypt.
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Q.^ What did the mother of Moses do with him?
A. _ Moses' mother put him in a little basket of rushes
and tied it on the edge of the river.
Q. Why did she put him there ?
A. . Moses was put there by his mother to be hid from
the officers of the king of Egypt, because they put all
little Hebrew boys to death.
Q. What happened to Moses there ?
A. The king's daughter found Moses.
Q. Did she have him killed 1
A. No ; the king's daughter sent Moses to nurse,
and had him kept as her own child.
Q. What kind of man did Moses become ?
A. Moses became a very good and wise man.
Q. Could he have been king of Egypt?
A. Yes ; Moses could have been king of Egypt, but
he chose rather to be with his own people.
Q. What became of Moses?
A. God blessed Moses because he chose his own
people before the riches of Egypt.
Q. How did Moses become a great man ?
A. God led the children of Israel by Moses out of
Egypt, and by this he was the deliverer of his people.
The Lord his people loves,
His hand no good withholds
From those his heart approves —
From pure and upright souls.
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MORE ABOUtf MOSES.
Q. What was the king of Egypt called ?
A. The Egyptians called their king Pharaoh.
Q. Was Pharaoh willing to let the Israelites go with Moses ?
A. No ; Pharaoh would not let the people go.
Q. What did God do to make Pharaoh let the Israelites go ?
A. God sent great plagues .upon the Egyptians, one
after another, until Pharaoh let the people go.
Q. How many plagues did God send?
A. God sent ten plagues upon Egypt through Moses.
Q. What was the last plague ?
A. Last of all, the first born of every house died at
Q. Was Pharaoh willing then to let them go ?
A. At first he was, but afterwards Pharaoh followed
them with his army to bring them back.
Q. How did Moses and his people escape?
A. God made a path through the waters of the Red
Sea for the Israelites to go over dry shod.
Q. Where were the waters of the sea ?
A. The waters of the sea were heaped up on each side
of the path.
Q Did the Egyptians pass over the path after them ?
A. The Egyptians started through the path after them.
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Q. What became of the Egyptians?
A. The waters rolled back into the path over them,
and they were all drowned.
Q. Were Moses and the Israelites glad?
A. Yes. They praised God because He saved them
and destroyed their enemies.
MOSES IN THE WILDERNESS.
Q. When the Israelites got through the Red Sea,, where did they go f
A. The Israelites journeyed through the wilderness.
Q. Why did they go through the wilderness ?
A. To get to the land of Canaan.
Q. How were they fed in the wilderness ?
A. God gave the Israelites bread from heaven every
Q. What was that bread called ?
A. The bread which came down daily was called manna.
Q. Did they have any meat ?
A. Yes; God sen t grea t flocks of quails into their camps.
Q. Was there much water there ?
A. No ; but God bid Moses to strike the rock in
Horeb with hi.s rod, and the water flowed out.*
las*t G ° d commanded the rock t0 be smitten the first time, thougbl^Uhe
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Q, How long -were they travelling in the wilderness ?
A. The Israelites were forty jeur» travelling before
they came to Caiman.
Q. Did Moses go into Canaan with them ?
A. No ; Moses died just before they passed over the
Q. What caused Moses' death ?
A. Moses offended God by getting angry one day,
and God would not permit him to go into Canaan.
Q. Where did Moses die ?
A. Mose,s died on Mount Nebo.
Q. Where was he buried 1
A. No one can tell ; for the angels took him and
Q. Who was Sampson ?
A. Sampson was the strongest man that ever lived.
Q. What did Sampson do that showed his strength?
A. When Sampson was a young man he tore a lion
Q. What else did he Jo ?
A. Sampson killed a thousand enemies of his coun-
try with the jaw-bone of an ass.
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Q. Did he do anything else ?
A. Yes ; one night Sampson carried off the great
brass gates from the walls of the city, on his back.
Q. What business did he follow?
A. Sampson was the Judge, or ruler of Israel.
Q. Did he commit any sin ?
A. Yes ; Sampson kept company with God's enemies.
Q. What was done to him for it?
A. The enemy deceived him, and put out his eyes.
Q. What became of Sampson ?
A. One day his enemies were mocking him and he
pulled down the pillars of the temple so that the temple
fell on him and killed him.
Q. Was any one else killed when Sampson pulled down the temple?
A. Yes ; a great multitude of his enemies were in
the temple when he pulled it down, and they were all
Q. Who was Samuel ?
A. Samuel was a good boy who waited on thG priest
in the temple of God.
Q. What happened to him one night while he slept?
A. The Lord called him.
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Q. Did Samuel answer?
A. Yes ; Samuel said, " speak, for thy servant hear-
Q. What did the Lord tell him?
A. The Lord told Samuel that He would punish the
priest for the sins of his wicked sons.
Q. Why did God punish the priest ?
A. Eli, the priest, did not punish his sons- for their
wickedness, and God was angry with him.
Q. What became of Samuel ?
A. Samuel became Judge of Israel, and was a great
and good man. "
Q. Why did Samuel become so great ?
A. Because Samuel was good, God made him great.
Q. Was Israel satisfied with Samuel as their ruler?
A. No ; the Israelites wanted a king, and God, in
His anger, gave them a king.
Q. Who was the first king of Israel?
A. The first king of Israel was Saul, and Samuel
Q. Was Saul a good king?
A. At first Saul was a good king, but he afterwards
Q. Who was the second king?
A. The second king of Israel was David, and Sam-
uel annointed him, also, while Saul was yet alive;
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meihoD°aVd B SaB S r ,,el ann ° iQted ^ ki " g ° f Israel ; Can *™ tel1
A. David was the son of Jesse; and while a boy he
used to keep his father's flocks.
Q. W hat was the first thing David did that made the people notice him?
A. David killed a great giant, of whom all the Isra-
elites were afraid, with a little stone from a sling.
Q. What was the giant's name ?
A. The giant which David slew was named Goliah.
Q. Why did David kill Goliah?
_ A. Goliah chalenged any of the Israelites to fight
him; but they were all afraid except David.
Q. How could David kill Goliah with a stone?
A. David trusted in God ; and God helped him, be-
cause he was a good young man.
Q. What became of David?
A. David became king, and was a great warrior, and
subdued all the enemies of his country.
Q. What were the names of his chief sons ?
A. The chief sons of David were Absalom and Solo-
Q. Was Absalom a good man ?
A. No*; Absalom was very wicked, and persecuted
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Q. What became of Absalom ?
A. One day, when David's soldiers were chasing
him, he was caught by his hair in a tree and pulled off
his mule, and left hanging there.
Q. What happened theu ?
A. When the soldiers found Absalom they killed
Q. Tell me about Solomon?
A. God gave Solomon his choice of whatever he
Q. What did Solomon choose ?
A. Solomon chose wisdom above everything else,
and God made him the wisest man that ever lived.
Q. What became of Solomon ?
A. Solomon became the king of Israel.
Q. What great work did he do?
A. Solomon built the great temple of God at Jeru-
Q. Tell me of some wise act that he did?
A. He judged between the two mothers who claimed
the same child.
% Htm was that?
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A. Two women had little babes, the child of one
woman died, and she claimed the other, which was
Q. How did they manage 'to settle it?
A. The women agreed to leave the matter to king
Solomon, who should say to whom the child belonged.
Q. What did king Solomon say?
A. King Solomon said, " Cut the child into two
pieces, and give each mother a piece."
Q. What did the mothers say to that?
A. The true mother said, " No ! let the other woman
have the child."
Q. What did Solomon then do ?
A. Solomon gave the child to the real mother.
Q. Can you tell how he knew the real mother?
A. The real mother wished the child to live, but the
false one wished it killed.
Q. Was Solomon always good?
A. No. He sinned, through wicked company, but
ABOUT ELIJAH AND ELISHA.
Q. Who was Elijah?
A. Elijah was a good man and a prophet.
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Q. What is a prophet ?■
A. A prophet is one who can tell what will happen
in the future.
Q. Can you tell me of his being fed by birds ?
A. Yes ; once Elijah was in the wilderness and had
no way to get anything to eat, and some ravens brought
him bread and meat every morning and evening.
Q. Was he ever fed in another wonderful way ?
A. Yes ; once when Elijah was suffering from hun-
ger he went to a poor widow's and asked for food, and
she cooked him the last handful of meal in her barrel,
and gave him the last drop of oil in her bottle, and
God made the meal to increase in the barrel and the
oil in the bottle, so that she and her son and Elijah
were fed until the famine was over.
Q. Who was the next prophet ?
A. After Elijah tame Elisha the prophet.
Q. Can you tell about Elisha and the mantle ?
A. When Elijah was carried up to heaven in a char-
iot of fire, Elisha saw him, and Elijah's cloak fell down
to him ; and by touching the waters of Jordan with the
cloak the waters moved away on each side, and he went
over on dry ground.
Q. Can you tell about Elisha and the bad children ?
A. As Elisha was passing by, one day, some bad
children followed him and called him "bal'd head," and
two bears came and tore forty-two of the children to
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Q- Tel] me about Elis,ha and the p ( ,.,i woman ?
A Eli: h;< .rn.de a poor wmai. s pot ..f oil to increase
until she h.-.d enough to pay all her deb s.
Q. Tell me about the axe ?
A. A poor man lost an axe in the river, and Eli-
sha made the axe swim on top of the water, so that
the poor man could get it.
'Twas by an order fi om the Lord,
The ancient prophets spoke His word;
His Spirit did their tongues inspire,
And warmed their hearts with heavenly fire.
The works and wonders which they wrought
Confirmed the messages they brought;
The prophet's pen succeeds his breath.
To .-are the holy words, from death.
Q. Who was Ahnsuerus ?
A. Ahasnei-us was the king of Persia.
Q. What was his wife's name?
A. Queen Vashu was the Grstwifeof king Ahasue'rus.
Q. Did Yashti n.inaiu queen?
A. No. Aha*uerus put away Vashii.
Q. Why was V^shti put a\«vy?
A. Queen Vasuti disobeyed the king, and he put
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Q. Who became queen in her place?
A. Queen Esther followed queen Vashti.
Q. Who was Esther?
A. Esther, queen of Persia, was an orphan girl
and Jewish captive.
Q. Why was she made queen ?
A. Because Esther was good and God blessed her.
Q. Who was Mordecai ?
A. Mordecai was the cousin and friend of Esther.
Q. How did he befriend Esther?
A. Mordecai adopted Esther as his daughter.
Q. Did he remain her frieud when she was queen ?
A. Yes, Mordecai continued to be qusen Esther's
friend and adviser.
Q. What did Mordecai do for the king?
A. Mordecai saved king Ahasuerus' life.
Pity, Lord! Thy feebie child,
By sin, alas! too oft beguiled ;
Thou hnst compassion for the weak,
The bruised reed thou wilt not break,
O, settle my unstable heart,
.Nor let me from thy truth depart;
Confirm my faith, increase my love,
And fix my thoughts on things above.
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MORE ABOUT ESTHEK.
Q. Who was Human ?
A. Haman was the chief prince in -the kingdom of
Q. Did he like Mordecai, the queen's cousin ?
A. No; he hated him because he was a Jew and
would not bow to him as he went in and out.
Q. What did Haman do?
A. Haman had a law made that all the Jews should
' Q. What else did he do?
A. Haman built a gallows about ninety feet high, to
hang Mordecai upon.
Q. What did Mordecai do ?
A. Mordecai caused queen Esther to beg the king
to spare the Jews.
Q. Did queen Esther prevail with the king?
A. Yes ; the king gare the Jews the right to defend
themselves, and they were saved.
Q. Was Mordeaai hanged ?
A. No, Mordecai was not hanged ; but the king
hanged Haman on the gallows he had built to hang
Q. Now, what does the story of Esther show?
A. The story of Esther shows that God will always
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provide for those who serve Him, and punish their per-
He fills the poor with good,
He gives the sufferer rest ;
The Lord hath judgments for the proud,
And justice for the oppressed.
Q. Can you tell me about Job?
A. Job was a very patient man.
Q. Did he have much property ?
A. Yes, Job was very 'rich.
Q. Was he a good man ?
A. Yes, Job loved and served God.
Q. What happened to him one day?
A. His servants came and told him he had lost all
Q. Did anything else happen to him that day?
A. Yes ; other servants came and told him that all
his sons were killed by a storm.
Q. What effect had these troubles on Job ?
A. Job still loved and trusted in God.
Q. Did any other trouble come upon him '
_ A. Yes ; Job was afflicted with great sores all over
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Q. Who advised Job to curse God f
A. Job's wife told him to curse God and die.
.Q. Did he do it?
A. No ; Job reproved his wife.
Q. Why was Job callad " The Patient?"
A. Because Job did not complain, in all his troubles,
he was called " The Patient."
Q. What was the final history of Job ?
A. The Lord blessed Job, after he was tried, and
siade him very happy and very rich again.
Q. What do we learn from Job's history?
A. From Job's history we are taught not to be fret-
ful, or to complain, when we have trouble.
Why should my will complain,
When all Ee means ;s kind?
Though great my grief and paiD,
To Him I'll be resigned :
Yes, wait and hope, as me behooves,
The Father chastens whom He loves.
ABOUT THE HSBREW CHILDREN.
Q. What were the names of the Hebrew children ?
A. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Q. Where did they live?
A, Tkey Ur»d in Babylon.
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Q. Were they good men ?
A. Yes ; they loved and feared God.
Q. Why were they called Hebrew children?
A. They were descended from Abraham.
Q. Was the king of Babylon a good man ?
A. No ; the king of Babylon was a bad man.
Q. What did the king do?
A. The king of Babylon made a great image, and
told everybody to worship it.
Q. Did everybody worship it ?
A. No ; Shad-ach, Meshach and Abednego would
not worship the image.
Q. Why would they not worship it?
A. They would not worship it because God said it
was wrong to worship images.
Q. What did the king do when he heard they disobeyed him?
A. The king had the three Hebrew children thrown
into a hot furnace of fire.
Q. What happened then?
A. God kept them from being burned in the furnace.
Q. Why did God keep them from being burned ?
A. They would not do what it was wrong to do.
Q. What became of the wicked king ?
A. God drove him out from among men, and caused
him to^eat^grase like an ox.
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Q, Why did God punish him in this way?
A. Because he was proud and wicked.
Q. What was the king's name ?
A. His nam* was Nebuchadnezzar.
Sweet on His faithfulness to rest,
Whose lore can never end ;
Sweet on the promise of His grace
For all things to depend.
Q. Who was Belshazzar ?
A. Belshazzar was the great king of Babylon.
Q. Was he a good man?
A. No ; Belshazzar was a wicked man.
Q. What wicked thing did he do ?
A. Belshazzar made a feast, and invited all wicked
people to it, and they drank wine out of the sacred
vessels of God's temple.
Q. What happened while they were drinking?
A. While they were feasting, the finger of a man's
hand wrote on the wall of the house.
Q. Could the king read the writing?
A. No ; the king could not read the writing.
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Q. What did the king do 1
A. The king was greatly afraid, and sent for his
wise men to read the writing, but they could not read it.
Q. What did he do then t
A. The king sent for Daniel, and he read it.
Q. What was the meaning of the writing?
A. The writing was that the king was a bad man,
and wou\d lose his kingdom.
Q. What was done to Daniel for reading the writing ?
A. The king put a gold chain round his neck, and
made him ruler.
Q. What became of Belshazzar ?
_A. Belshazzar was killed on the same night that
Daniel read the writing, and his kingdom given to
I must not sin as many do,
Lest I lie down in sorrow too ;
For God is angry erery day
With wicked ones who go astray.
Q. Who was Daniel that read the writing on the wall ?
A. Daniel was a Hebrew captain, a good man and a
prophet, who lived in Babylon,
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Q. Did king Darius continue Daniel as a ruler?
A. Daniel continued to be ruler under Darius.
Q. W«§ Darius a good man?
A. N« ; Darius was a wicked man.
Q. Wfc« vrisked thing did he do ?
A. Daritis made a law that the people should not
praj to anybody but himself.
Q. Did Bamel keep that law !
A. No ; Daniel still prayed to God.
Q. Was it right of Daniel to break that law ?
A. Yes ; Daniel would have offended God if he had
not broken it.
Q. What did Darius do to Daniel for breaking the law?
A. Darius cast Daniel into a lion s den.
Q. Did the lioas kill Daniel ?
A. No ; the lions did not touch Daniel all the night.
Q. Why did not the lions touch Daniel ?
A. God stopped the lions' mouths, so that they could
not touch Daniel, because he had obeyed Him.
Q. What do you learn from this ?
A. From Daniel and the lions' den we learn that if
we obey God rather than man, when we are persecuted,
God will save us.
Darnel l™"" ^ Da " US ' ^ ki * ft *° Whe " the IionS WOBld not touch
A. Darius took Daniel out of the den and cast into it the
wicked men who persuaded him to throw Daniel into it.
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Q. What became of those men?
A. The lions eat up the men who wished them to eat
" The Zard our Keeper"
He guards thy soul, he keeps thy breath,
"When thickest dangers come;
Go and return, secure from death,
Till God shall call thee home.
Q. Who was Jonah?
A. Jonah was a Hebrew preacher.
Q.. Was he a good man ?
A. Yes, Jonah was a good man.
Q. Did he always obey God ?
A. No ; Jonah disobeyed God at one time.
Q. What did he do?
A. God sent Jonah to Nineveh to reprove the people
for their sins ; but he was afraid to go, and set off to
Q. How did God punish him for his disobedience t
A. God raised a storm, and Jonah was thrown out
of the ship into the sea.
Q. Was Jonah drowned ?
A. No ; a great fish swallowed Jonah as he fell into
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Q. Did he die inside the fish?
A. No ; God kept Jonah alive, inside the fish, for
Q. What did Jonah do while in the fish ?
A. Jonah repented, and prayed God to forgive him.
Q. What did God do then ?
A. God caused the fish to throw Jonah up on the
shore of Nineveh.
Q. What did Jonah then do ?
A. Jonah did as God commanded him — he went and
preached to the people of Nineveh.
Q. What do you learn from this ?
A. From Jonah we learn that God will punish His
servants until they obey Him in the service He sends
Thy love can cheer the darkest gloom,
And bid me wait serene,
Till hopes and joys immortal bloom,
And brighten all the scene.
THE JSFEW TESTAMENT.
ABOUT JOHN THE BAPTIST.
Q. Who was John the Baptist ?
A. John the Baptist was the preacher who eame be-
fore Christ, to prepare the way for Him.
Q. Where did he preach ?
A. John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of
Judea, near the^river Jordan.
Q.^Did he do anything else but preaeh ?
A. Yes ; John baptized all whe were sorry for their
sins, and believed his report^that Christ was^ coming
into the world.
Q. Did many go to hear John preach f
A. Yes ; great crowds of people went out into the
wilderness to hear John preach, and many were baptized
by him in the Jordan.
fcl Q- What wag remarkable in John's life ?
A. John wore a cloak made of camels' hair, with a
leathern belt round his waist, and fed upon? honey and
locusts, (an insect that lives in the forests of Judea.)l
Q. Who'was iing at that time ? "~
A. Herod was king of Judea in the time of John the
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Q. What kind of a man was Herod ?
A. Herod was & very -wicked man.
Q. What wicked thing did he do ?
A. Herod left his wife and took away his brother's
Q. Did John reprove Herod for this 1
A. Yes, John reproved both Herod and Herodias,
his brother'^ wife, for breaking God's law.
Q. Wag Herod angry with John 1
A. Herod put John in prison and cut off his head.
Q. What became of Herod ?
A. Herod lost his throne, and died, an outcast, in
Spain. So God punished him.
Hear the keralds of the gospel
News from Zion's King proclaim :
" Pardon to each rebel sinner,
Free forgiveness in his name :"
"Free forgiveness in his name."
THI BIRTH OP CHRIST.
Q. Who wes^Jesus Christ?
A. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and the Saviour
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Q. When did Jesus Christ live?
A. Jesus Christ has always lived, and shall live al-
ways, in heaven.
Q. Was He ever upon the earth ?
A. Yes ; Jesus Christ once cime to the earth and
lived on it thirty-three years.
Q. How long since that?
A. It is now nearly eighteen hundred and sixty-
four years since Christ came to the earth. [Let the
teacher explain that time is counted from Christ's
coming, and also date to suit.]
Q. How did Christ appear: was he like we are?
A. Christ became as we are, when He came to the
Q. Had He a mother?
A. Yes ; the Virgin Mary was the mother of Christ.
Q. Where was He born?
A.. Christ was horn in Bethlehem, of Judea.
Q. In what sort of a house was Christ born ?
A. Christ was born in a stable.
Q. What kind of a cradle did He have'
A. Christ was cradled n a manger.
Q. Who came to see Christ when he was a babe. ?
A. Wise men came a great distance, from the East,
to see the holy child. (They came from Arabia.)
Q. How did they know He had been born?
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A. The wise men saw a star in the East, and as they
followed it, it moved before them until they came near
the child, when it stopped over Him.
Q. What did the wise men do when they saw Jesns ?
A. The wise men rejoiced when they found Jesus,
and fell down and worshipped Him, and gave Him fine
Behold, the grace appears,
The blessing promised long;
Angels announce the Savior near,
In this triumphal Song: —
'• Glory to God on high,
And heavenly peace on earth ;
Good will to men, to angels joy,
At our Redeemer's birth."
THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS.
Q. Who was king when Jesus Christ came to the earth ?
A. Herod the Great was king when Jesus was
Q. What did Herod do when he heard of the birth of Christ?
A. When Herod heard that Christ was born he sent
and killed all the male .infants in Bethlehem.
Q. Why did he do that wicked thing?
A. Herod was afraid that Jesus Christ would become
king in his stead, and he wanted to kill him.
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Q. And why did he kill all the male infants ?
A. Herod did not know which of the boys was Christ,
and so he killed all of them.
Q. But did he kill Christ?
A. No ; God had Jesus removed from Bethlehem,
during the night.
Q. Where was Christ removed to ?
A. Jesus was carried into Egypt, and kept there
until Herod was dead.
Q. Did He then come back to Bethlehem ?
A. No; Christ was brought back from Egypt to
Nazareth, and was called a Nazarene.
Q. What kind of a boy do you think Jesus was?
A. Jesus Christ was a good boy and obeyed His parents.
Q. Why do you tiiink so ?
A. Jesus never did anything wrong, . and is an ex-
ample to all little boys, as well as to all men.
Q. Do you know of anything He did when a boy ?
A. Yes ; when Jesus was a boy, twelve years old,
He went into the Temple and talked with the wise men.
Q. What did the wise men think of Him?
A. The wise men wondered to find a boy know so
much about God and good things.
Q. Should little children know about G-od ?
A. Yes ; little children ought to know about God,
and about Jesus Christ, and about doing good.
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Behold! where, in the Friend of man,
Appears each gi^re divine:
The virt.ies :ill, in Jcmik met,
With mildest r;i.di»nce shine.
Be Christ our p.ittern and our guide,
His image may we bear;
0, may wv tread His sacred steps,
And ilio hr'.jrUt glories share.
THE BAPJI6M OF CHRIST.
Q. Where was Christ baptized?
A. Christ was baptized in the river Jordan.
Q. Hov.- 'old was He then ?
A. Chi-iot wa? about thirty years old when He was
Q Who baptized Christ?
A. Christ was baptized by John the Baptist ?
Q. Why did John baptize Christ?
A. John baptized Christ because Christ wished it.
Q. What did Christ tell John about His baptism?,
A. Christ told John " Thus it becometh us to fulfill
Q. What happened as Christ was coming Tip out of the water?
A. The voice of God was heard from heaven savinor
" This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."
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Q. What does that mean ?
A. It means that God was Christ's Father, and was
pleaded with His obedience and perfect example.
Q. Did anything else happen at the baptism of Christ ?
A. Yes ; the Holy Spirit, in the shape of a dove,
came duwn and lighted on Christ as He was coming out
of the water.
Q. What does that mean ?
A. It means that Christ was full of the Holy Spirit,
that he could teach us how to live.
Q. Can you repeat the hymn about Christ's baptism ?
Down to the sacred wave,
The Lord of life was V;d ;
And He- who came our souls to save,
In Jordan bowed His head.
He taught the solemn way;
He fi-ied ihe holy rite ;
He bade His ransomed ones obey,
And keep the path of light.
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MORE ABOUT CHRIST.
Q. What Did Christ do -when He was on the earth ?
A. When Christ was on earth He went about preach-
ing and doing good.
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Q. What does He tell us in His preaching-?
A. Christ tells us to love one another, and to serve
Q. What else does Christ tell us?
A. Christ tells us not to do anything that is wrong.
Q. Does Christ lave little children ?
A. Yes ; Christ loves little children very much.
Q. What does He say of them ?
m A. Christ says of little children, " Of such is the
kingdom of heaven."
Q. What did Christ do to little Children?
A. Christ put his hands on little children, and
Q. Did they love Him?
A. Yes ; the little children must have loved Christ.
Q. Was Christ a poor man ?
A. Yes ; Christ was so poor that He had no home.
Q. How did He get food ?
A. Christ was fed by some women who followed Him,
and those who loved to hear Him preach.
Q. Did any besides the women follow him?
A. Yes ; the twelve apostles went about with Christ
wherever He went.
Q. What are apostles?
A. Apostles are the men Christ himself taught and sent
into all the world to preach about His life and salvation.
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Q. What are those called who preach now ?
A. Those who preach now are the ministers of God's
Christ and His cross are all our theme ;
The mysteries that we speak
Are scandal in the Jew's esteem,
And folly' to the Greek.
Till God diffuse His graces down,
Like showers of heavenly rain,
In vain Apollos sows the ground,
And Paul may plant in vain.
THE MIRACLES OF CHRIST.
Q. You said Christ went about doing good, what good thing did He
A. Christ cured the sick, and the lame, and the deaf,
and the blind.
Q. Did Christ cure with mediciae ?
A. No; Christ used no medicine but His word. "He
said and it was so."
Q. How could He cure in that way ?
A Christ could cure by His word, because He was
God, and could do whatever He pleased.
Q. Did He do anything besides cure diseases?
A. Yes ; Christ brought the dead to life.
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Q. What did Christ do in the storm ?
A. Christ said to the winds, "Cease, be still," and
the storm ceased.
Q. What did He do for the hungry multitude?
A. Christ fed five thousand people on five loaves of
bread and two fishes !
Q. Ought not the people to have loved Christ very much, when He
did so much for them?
A. Yes, the people ought to have loved Christ very
Q. Did they love Him?
A. No ; only a few people loved Christ.
Q. "Why did not the people love Christ ?
A. Christ told the people of their sins and they wero
Q. Was that a just cause of anger?
A. No ; If we wish to be good we will love those
who tell us of our faults.
Q. What did Christ do for sinners ?
A. Christ forgave sinners their sins, and they felt
Behold the blind their sight receive;
Behold the dead awake and live;
The dumb speak wonders, and the lame
Leap like the hart, and bless His name.
And didst Thou pity mortal woe,
And sight and health restore?
0, pity, Lord, ar.d ssva my Si.-ul,
Which needs Thy mercy more.
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THE DEATH OP CHRIST.
Q. You said those wicked people did not love Christ; what did
they finally determine to do to Him ?
A. They determined to kill Him.
Q. Why did they wish to kill Him ?
A. Christ was good, and reproved their sins, so they
hated Him, and wanted to get Him out of the way.
Q. Who betrayed Christ with a kiss?
A. Judas, who pretended to be a friend.
Q. How did they kill Christ ?
A. Christ was crucified.
Q. How is that ?
A. They nailed Christ to a wooden cross and, putting
it standing up, left Him there until He died.
Q. Was it not cruel to crucity Christ ?
A. Yes ; it was a very painful death, and none but
very wicked men were crucified ; but Christ never did
Q. Did anything wonderful happen at the crucifixion ?
A. Yes, the earth shook, and it became very dark at
Q. What »lse happened f
A. Many dead persons rose from their graves alive
while Christ was dying.
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Q. Did Christ remain dead?
A. No-; Christ r©se again from the dead on the third
Q. Where did Christ go after He rose from the dead ?
A. Christ stayed with the apostles for forty days af-
ter He rose from the dead, and then He went up into
heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the
Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree !
How vast the love that him inclined
To bleed and die for me !
But soon he'll break death's envious ehain,
And in full glory shine :
O Lamb of God, was ever pain,
Was ever love like thine !
ABOUT ANANIAS AND SAPPHIEA.
Q. Who were Ananias and Sapphira?
A. Ananias and Sapphira were persons who joined
the church soon after Christ went to heaven.
Q. Were they good Christians ?
A. No. They pretended to be very good but they
were wicked people.
Q. What wicked thing did they do ?
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A. They hid a part of their money, but pretended
that they gave it all to the church.
Q. Why did they pretend to giveall to the church?
A. Ananias and Sapphira wished to be thought
very good people for giving all they had to the church.
Q. What kind of sin is tkat?
A. Hypocrisy. A hy-po-crite is one who wishes to
be thought better than he is. They were hypocrites.
Q. Why did they hide a part of their money?
A. Ananias and Sapphira had more faith in money
than they had in Christ.
Q. Is that a great sin ?
A. To love anything more than Christ is a great sin.
Q. Who found out ths sin of Ananias and Sapphira ?
A. It was the apostle Peter who found out the sin of
Ananias and Sapphira.
Q. What did ke say to them t
A. Peter said, " Thou hast not lied unto man, but
unto God." •
Q. What happened then ?
A. Ananias and Sapphira both fell down dead.
Q. What should. this lessoa teach us ?
This lesson teaches us that it is a very great sin to
lie to the church of Christ.
Those children who a promise give
Should always keep their word;
And falsehood from their little mouths
Should never once be heard.
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For when a child a lie has told,
He cannot be believed ;
Not even when the truth he speaks,
Because he once deceived.
ABOUT PETER IN PRISON.
Q. "Who was Peter?
A. Peter was one of the twelve apostles. TSee Les-
Q. What happened to Peter ?
A. Peter was put in prison, by Herod, for preach-
Q. Was he well secured?
A. Yes ; he was chained to the floor, the door was
locked upon him, and guards watched outside.
Q. W hai did Peter's friends do?
A. The whole church prayed to God for Peter, day
Q. And what happened to Peter one night?
A. One night an angel struck Peter on the side and
woke him up, and U:u chains fell from his hands.
Q. What happened then ?
A. Th< angel led Peter out, through the prison doors,
into the street, and left him there.
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Q. And what did Peter do then ?
A. Peter went straight to the house of one of the
disciples, named Mary.
Q. What did Peter find at Mary's house ?
A. Peter found many members of the church pray-
Q. Were they surprised to see him'?
A. At first they, could not believe it; but he shewed
them how the Lord had delivered him.
Q. What does this lesson teach'
A. It teaches us 'that we ought to pray to God in
every time of trouble, for that He can help.
Lord, teach a sinful child to pray,
And then accept my prayer;
For thou canst hear the words I say,
For thou art everywhere. _ _
Whatever trouble I am in,
To Thee for help I'll call ;"*
But. keep me, more than all, from sin,
For that's the worst of all.
Q. Who was Paul?
A. Paul was the great apostle to the gentiles.
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Q. Was he always named Paul?
A. No ; he was called Saul before he became a
Q. What was Paul before he beeame a Christian?
A. Paul was, at first, a lawyer, and a persecutor of
Q. How did he persecute Christians?
A. Paul sought for Christians, men and women, and
put them in prison, and helped to put them to death.
Q. What changed Paul from a persecutor?
A. As Paul was going to Damascus a light from
heaven shone on him and he fell to the ground.
Q. Was the light very bright ?
A. Yes ; the light was brighter than the sun at mid-
day, and it made Paul blind.
Q. Did he hear anything-?
A. Yes, Paul heard a voice from heaven, saying,
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"
Q. Who said this ?
A. It was the Lord Jesus, from heaven, said this.
Q. What did Paul say then ?
A. Paul said, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
Q. What did Jesus say?
A. Jesus said to Paul, " Arise and go into the city,
and it shall be told thee what thou shalt do."
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Q. "What happened then?
A. Paul was led into the city, and Ananias, the
minister there, baptized him, and after three days he
received his sight.
Q. What becaraa'ef Paul afterwards ?
A. Paul became a great and good man, and the
greatest preacher that has ever lived.
Behold the Sarior at the door,
He gently knocked— has knocked before,
Has waited long, is waiting still,
You use no other friend so ill.
Eise, touched with gratitude divine,
Turn out Hie enemy and thine;
Turn out that baleful monster, sin,
And let the heavcmly stranger in.
ABOUT A SHIPWRECK.
Q. What did the Jews think of Paul when he became a preacher?
A. The Jews hated Paul for preaching the gospel.
Q. What did they do to him ?
A. The Jews persecuted Paul, and wished to put him
Q. Did the Jews put Paul to death ?
A. No ; but they complained of him to the Roman
governor, and asked that he be put to death as Christ
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Q. What did the Roman governor do to Paul ?
A. The Roman governor sent Paul to the king of
Rome to be tried for his life.
Q. How did he go to Rome, and who went with him ?
A. Paul went in a ship to Rome with other prisoners,
and a hundred soldiers to guard them.
Q. What happened when they were at sea ?
A. A great storm arose, and Paul and all his fellow-
prisoners and the soldiers came near being drowned.
Q. Were any of them drowned ?
A. Fo ; not one of them were drowned, but all reach-
ed the shore in safety.
Q. Why were they all saved ?
A. Because Paul prayed for their safety, and God
answered his prayer.
Q. What happened to Paul on the shore ?
J A. As they were warming at a fire, a snake came out
from among the sticks and fastened on Paul's hand.
Q. Did the snake kill Paul?
A. No ; Paul shook the snake from his hand without
Q. What did they think when they saw the snake fasten on Paul !
A. At first they thought Paul was a bad man and
would soon die ; but when he shook off the snake with-
out injury, they thought he was a good man.
Q. Was Paul put to death by the king of R«me ?
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A. No ; Paul preached at Rome for two years after-
Prayer makes tbe darkened cloud withdraw,
Pr.iyer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and lore,
Brings every blessing from above.
Restraining prayer, we cease to fight ;
Prayer makes the Christian's armor bright;
And sat:ui Ireiubles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND THEIR ORIGIN.
Q. What is a Christian church ?
A. A Christian church is a society of Christians formed
for the support of the worship of God through Christ.
Q. Who fir^t formed such societies?
A. The Lord Jesus Christ organised the first Chris-
Q. After Christ went to heaven, who organized the churches?
A. Paid and the other Apostles went from Jerusa-
lem into all the world, and formed churches of those who
believed in Christ and were baptized.
Q. Are the churches of any use in the world?
A. Yes ; the world would be miserable without them.
Q. Of what use ar» tkc ehttrcaci to Christiana ?
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A. The churches cause Christians to meet together to
worship God, and to learn what the Bible teaches.
Q. Of what use are the churches to those who are not members ?
A. The churches send out the knowledge of Christ
to all people.
Q. How do the churches send out the knowledge of Christ ?
A. The knowledge of Christ is sent out by preach-
ing, by sending missionaries to where there are no
churches, and by Sunday Schools.
Q. Were the people glad when the knowledge of Christ was first
t sent to them ?
A. No : the first preachers were persecuted, and a
great many of them were killed for teaching about
Q. What were those who were killed called, and where are they gone?
A. Those who were killed for preaching were called
martyrs, and are gone to heaven where Christ is.
Q. Are you not glad that there is no persecution now?
A. Yes ; it is good, and -we should be very thankful
to have preaching and kind teachers to instruct us about
Christ, and no one to disturb us.
I love thy Zion Lord,
The house of thy abode;
The church, blast Redeemer! saved
With thy own precious blood.
I love thy church, O God !
Her walls before thee stand,
Dear as the apple of thine eye;
And fraven oh thf hand.
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ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELL.
Q. You said in your last lesson that the martyrs went to heaven.
What kind of a place is heaven ?
A. Heaven is a beautiful place, where God and Christ
are, and everybody are as happy as they can be.
Q. Will everybody go to heaven ?
A. No ; only those who are good. and. who love and
obey Christ will go to heaven.
Q. Will little children go there ?
A. Yes ; all little children who die quite young go
Q,. But if children grow up and are wicked, where do fhey go?
A. All wicked persons, whether children or grown,
will go to hell.
Q. What kind of a plaee is BertT"
A. Hell is a place of punishment, where everybody
is always in torment.
Q.. Can anybody who once sins ever be saved from hell ?
A. Yes ; any sinner who will be sorry for his sins
and believe in Christ and love Him as his Savior, will
be saved from hell and go to heaven.
Q. What, then, ought you to do ?
A. I ought to forsake my sins, and ask God to par-
don me for Christ's sake.
Q. Who are the angels ?
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A. The angels are perfect beings, who live in heavei
ai'd serve God.
Q. Are ihere any wicked angels 1
A. Yes, there are mnny — they are in hell, and an
always unhappy — miserable.
Q. Should you not strive to get to heaven?
A. I ought to repent of my sins and serve God, am
love and obey my Savior who died to save my soul.
There is, beyond the sky,
A heaven of joy and love;
And godly children, wlieu they die,
Go te that world above.
There is a dreadful hell,
And everlasting pains;
There sinners mu>t forever dwell,
In darkness, tire and chains.
ABOUT THE COMMANDMENTS.
Q. What is it to do good ?
A. To do good is to keep all God's commandments.
Q. How many commandments are there ?
A. There are ten commandments.
Q. Who made them 1
A. God made the commandments.
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Q. How did we get them ?
A. God gave the' commandments to Moses, and we
find them in the Bible.
Q. Where was Moses when God gave them to him ?
A. Moses was on Mount Sinai when God gave him
the commandments out of a cloud.
Q. On what were they written ?
A. God wrote the commandments with his finger on
two tables or pieces of -stone.
Q. What happened when God gave Moses the commandments ?
A. When God gave the commandments to Moses
Mount Sinai shook, and there ■ was a great deal of
thunder and lightning round about.
Q. What are the. commandments sometimes called?
A. The comia$ndnients are sometimes called the
Q. "Why are they-called the Law? *i ? :
A. The cohjmaridments are; called the Law because
they tell us what we must do and what we must not do.
Q. Should we keep the Law ?
A. We should keep the Law, for it is perfect, iust
Q. Where do we find the Law in the Bible?
A. The Law or Coramindments can be found in
the 20th chapter of Exodus.
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Q. Repeat the first commandment.
A. " Thou shalt have no other Gods hefor£ me."
Q. "What is* the first truth taught us in the first commandment ?
A. The first truth taught in the first commandment
is that there is but One, who is God.
Q. What is the second thing taugit?
A. The second thing taught by the first command-
ment is that we, shall not have any other for our God.
Q. What is meant by having a. God ?
A, To have a God is td love God with all our heart,
with all our soul, and with all our strength.
Q. Should we love God so ?
A. Yes, we should. \ovo O«d"so', for He made us, 1 he
keeps us, and He will save, the souls of those who love
and obey Him.
Q. What are those called who say there is no God ?
A. Atheists are those who say there is' no God.
Q. What are those who worship no God ?
A. Those who worship no God are servants of the
Q. Is it very wickeS not to worship God?
A. Yes, it- is wicked not to worship God, and it is
no matter how good any one may be, if he does not
worship God he cannot be saved.
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Q. What is meant by worshipping God ?
A. To worship God is to love^God, pray to Him, and
keep His commandments.
Q. Will you not, my dear child, try to worship God ?
A. I will ask God to give me His grace to help me
to worship Him.
If there be aught the world contains,
Which I love more than Thee,
That sinful love withers my heart,
Idolatry must be.
Deeply inscribed upon my heart,
Let thy commandments- be ;
'That there may live within me,
.None other God but Thee.
THE SECOND COMMANDMENT.
Q. What is the second cqnimanameni i
A. Thou shalt not make untb thee any graven image,
or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or
that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water
under the earth; thou shalt not bow down thyself to
them nor serve them, for I the Lord thy God am a
iealous God, visiting the iniquities of the lathers upon
the children unto the third and fourth generations ot
them that hate me, and showing mercy unto thousands
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of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Q. What does the second commandment first teach?
A. The second commandment first teaches that we
must not worship the image or picture of anything, nor
mako any image to represent God.
Q. What is the worshipping of images called ?
A. To worship an image is called idolatry.
Q. Are there any people in the world who are idolaters ?
A. Yes" ; the heathen worship idols.
Q. What should we do to stop them ?
A^ We should send missionaries to the heathen to
teach them that it is wrong to worship idols.
Q. Why is it wrong ?
A. It is wrong to give the honor due to God alone
to the works of our own hands.
Q. Is God angry with idolater^.? .^.
A. Yes^ God hates idolatry, and will always punish
it, even to the children's children of those who refuse
to serve Him.
Q. Does God love ttiose who serve mm?
A. Yes, God loves those -who honor Him, and will
be merciful unto their children.
Q. Is it not good to have pious parents ? '
A. Yes; it is better to have pious parents, though
poor, who serve God, than rich ones who serve Himnot."
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The heathen perish, day by day
Thousands on thousands pass away;
Christians, to their rescue fly!
Preach Jesus to them as they die.
Weaith, talents, labor, freely give,
Spend and be spent, that they may live ;
What hath your Saviour done for you?
And what for Him" would you not do?
THE THIRD COMMANDMENT-
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God
in vain, for the Lord "will not hold him guiltless that
taketh His name in vain.
Q. What is it to take' God's "TialUL 1 in im.-x.
A. To take God's name in vain is to curse and swear
and speak lightly of Him.
Q. How should we use God's name ?
A. We should use God's name with reverence, feel-
ing* that He is so holy that we are not worthy to take
His name upon our lips.
Q. Has God any other name besides God?
A. Yes ; God is sometimes called Lord, Jehovah,
3esu,s, Christ and Savior.
Q. - What else does this commandment teach besides that we must
not curse or swear or profane God's name?
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A. The third commandment teaches that God will
certainly punish those who curse and swear or profane
Q. Should you not be careful to avoid saying bad and wicked words'?
A. Yes, I should put a watch upon my lips, lest I
speak what God forbids me.
For we know the liord ot Uiory
Always sees what children dp ;
And is writing now the story
Of our thoughts alid actions too.
Kemember the Sabbath d^y,t° keep it holy : six days
shalt thou "latior and do all thy work, but the seventh day
is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, in it thou shall do
no manner of work, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
nor thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cat-
tle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates, for in six
days the Lord made heaven and ea'rth, the sea and_all
that in them is, and rested the seventh day, wherefore
_ the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.
Q. What do we learn from the fourth commandment?
A. From the fourth commandment we learn that the
Sabbath is God's day, and that on it we must do no
work that can be done on any other day of the week.
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Q. Is the Sabbath called by any other name %
A. Yes ; the Sabbath is sometimes called Sunday,
and sometimes the Lord's day.
Q. What else do we learn from it ?
A. We learn also that we must not let our servants,
nor anyone else, nor. our cattle, work for us on the
Q. How are we to spend the Sabbath or Lord's day f
A. We should spend our Sabbaths in reading the
Bible and other good books, and learning about God at
Church and Sunday School.
In holy duties let the day,
In holy pleasures, pass away ;
How sweet, a Sabbath thus to spend,
In hope of one that ne'er shall end!
THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT.
Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may
be long m the land which the Lord thy .God giveth thee.
Q. What does this commandment teach?
A. The fifth commandment teaches that *we must
love and obey our parents, and do nothing to displease
Q- Is this a good commandment?
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A v Yes; our parents love tis and seek our welfare,
so we ought to love them and obey them.
Q. "What will God do*for them who keep it ?
A. God will bless those who love their parents, and
cause them to live long on the earth.
Q. What will become of those who disobey th'eir parents?
A. Those who disobey their parents will fall into
sin, and come to trouble and sorrow.
THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT.
" Thou shalt not kill."
Q. Is it a great sin to murder ?
A. Yes, it is a great sin to murder.
Q. What does God say shall become ol a murderer ?
A. A murderer shall surely be put to death.
Q. "What else does God say shajlisoome of a murderer?
A. God says that no murderer ■ hath eternal life
abiding in him. They shall have their part in the
lake which burnetii with fire and brimstone,
Let children that would fear the Lord
Hear what their teachers say,
With reverence heed their parents' word,
And with delight obey. *
Have we not heard what dreadful plagues
Are threatened by the Lord,
To hii:i "who breaks his father's law,
Or mocks his mother's word ?
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But those that worship God and give
Their pirent* honor due,
Shall long- oir earth in comfort live,
And live hereafter too.
LESSON XL VI.
THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT.
" Thou sh alt not commit adultery."
Q. What does this commandment mean f
A. The seventh commandment .means that we must
not indulge in impure thoughts, words or actions.
Q. What lesson does it teach us ?
A. The seventh commandment teaches us to have a
guard upon our hearts, for blessed are the pure in
heart, for they shall seo-CLiiL_
A. " Thou shalt not steal."
Q. What does this commandment teach?
A. The eighth commandment teaches us not to take
anything which belongs to another, be it'ever so small.
Q. Is it wrong to steal apples, fruit, sugar or such little things?
A. Yes ; it is wrong to take anything that does not
belong to us.
" Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
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Q. What does this commandment mean ?
A. The ninth commandment means that we must
never tell anything about any one -which is not strictly
" Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou
shall not" covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man ser-
vant, nor his maid servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor
anything that is thy neighbor's.
Q. "What does this commandment teach
A. The tenth commandment teaches us to be content
with our own things, and not to desire, what other peo-
Q. Ought we to keep all these commandments ?
A. Yes, in keeping them there is great reward
ijurd-: if e'er i dare to speak
Words of falsehood check my tongue,
Lest I sin against thy law,
By committing what is wrong.
Plainly doth Thy word declare
How the wicked dost despise,
Who with base and impious lips
Utter fearful oalhs and lies,
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LESSON XL VII.
THE LOBD.'S PRAYER.
Our Father, who art in heaven, ha Ho wed be Thy name,
Tliy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is
done in heaven, give us this .day our daily bread, and
forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for
thiae is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.
Q. Why is this called the Lord's prayer ?
A. This is called the Lord's prayer because our Lord
Jesus Christ taught it to- his disciples when he was on
Q. Of how many parts does it consist ?
A. The Lord's prayer has nine parts.
Q. What is the first parfT-
A.- The frrst part of the : Lord's prayer is the ad-
dress — - u Our Father, who art in heaven."
Q. What does this mean ? " ' '
A. This means that we pray to God as our. heavenly
Q. What is the next part ?
A. Thr, pext part is the first petition — " Hallowed
be Thy name."
Q. What does this mean ?
A. The first petition means that the chief desire of
God's servants is that God be honored.
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Q. What is the second petition ?
A. The second petition is — "Thy kingdom come."
Q. What does that mean 1
A. " Thy kingdom come " means that we wish every-
body to become christians.
Q. What is the third petition f
A. The third petition is — " Thy -will be done on
earth as it is done in heaven."
Q. What would be the good of this ?
A. If every one did as they do in heaven the world
would be happy.
O that it were my chief delight,
To do the things I ought ;
Then let me try with all my might,
To mind what I am taught.
ForGod looks d<y"" '"">m fteaven on high,
Our actions to behold ;
And He is pleased when children try,
To do as they are told.
LESSON XL VIII.
THE LORD'S PRAYER CONTINUED.,
Q. t What is the fourth petition of the Lord's prayer ?
A. The fourth petition is — " Give us this day our
Q. What do you mean by that ?
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A. We mean that we want God to give us food, and
make us comfortable for the day.
Q. What is the fifth petition?
A. The fifth petition is— " Forgive us our debts as
we forgive our debtors."
Q. What does this mean ?
A. This means, that we want God to forgive us our
sins like we forgive those who injure us.
Q. What is the sixth petition ?
A. The sixth petition is- — " Lead us not into temp-
Q. What does this petition mean?
A. The sixth petition means ?hat we wish God not
to give us too much good lest we grow proud and forget
Q. Do men forgot God when they have too much ?
A. Yes, riches are a snare.
Q. What is the seventh petition ?
A. The seventh petition is — " Deliver us from evil."
Q.. What does-thi» mean ?
A. The seventh petition means that we wish God to
keep us from too much sorrow, to which we are ex-
posed, lest we should murmur against Him.
Q. What is the last pari?
A. The last part of the Lord's prayer is — " Thine
is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever."
Q. What does it mean?
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A. This means that we believe that Qod rules in
Our Father in heaven, we hallow Thy name ;
May thy kingdom, all holy, on earth be the same ;
give to us daiiy our portion of bread :
It is from Thy bduiity that all must be fed.
Forgive our transgressions, and teach 4ts to know,
That humble compassion that pardons each foe;
Save us from temptation, from wickedness and sin ;
And Thine be the glory, forever, Amen.
ABOUT THE BIBLE.
Q. Can you tell me where all thes.e lesgpaa come from ?
A. ATI tlnr tessonsTn this book are from the Bible.
'Q. .What is the Bible ?
A. The Bible is the book which God has given us.
Q. How was it written ?
A. God made holy men of old to write all that is in
the Bible, that we might know His will.
Q. How should we treat the Bible ?
A. We should read the Bible every day and think
upon its teachings, and be guided by it in our actions
and in our wishes.
Q. Into what parts is the Bible divided?
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.A. The Bible is divided into two parts— the Old
Testament and the New Testament.
Q. What is the difference between the Old and New Testaments ?
A. The Old Testament was written before Christ
came into the world, and tells us of His coming.
Q. WTiai do«e ihaKew Testament tell us ?
A. The New Testament was written after- Christ
came into the world, and tells us of His works and his
sayings, and what Christians ought to believe and what
they ought to do.
Q. Are there any people who have no Bibles ?
A. Yes ; the heathen have no Bibles.
Q.. Do they know anything about Christ there ?
A. No ; the heathen are ignorant of Christ.
Q. Can they get to heaven without Christ ?
" A. No ; no onl^an-ga^toJieaven^without Chris K
Q What, then, should we do for the heathen ?
A. We should send missionaries and Bibles to the
See that heathen mother stand,
Where the sacred currents flow;
With her own maternal hand,
'Mid the waves her infant throw.
Send, send, the Bible there ;
Let its precepts reach the heart ;
She niay then Irjr children spare,
She may act the mother's part.
PRAYERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
I thank Thee, Lord, this morning bright,
Bei-ause I see its pleasant Ii„ Jii. 5
And O may I be kept this day
Far from sin and harm away.
Bless parents, ki'idrt d. friends so dear ;
Keep all who love Thee in 1 by fear ;
0, Lord, be near our liitie liand,
Until we reach the better land.
'' Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep ;
If I should die btfbre I wake,
I pray the Lord my isoyJ '° ca ke.
0, God. make me a eood little ohild,
Kless my parents, and ail my friends, and
Help us to get to Heaven when we die, for
Chiist'e. sake. Amen.
Note. — The Teacher is recommended to review parts of the hr.ofc,
perhaps the whole. Chapters 1. 2,-4, 5, 9. 10. 15, 20, 22, 24. 25, 26. 27
28, 29, 30, 35, 36, 37, 3», 39, 40 and 41, are considered as especially
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Errata. — In the foregoing pages the following errors and
omissions escaped attention :
Page 3, Preface, " er" omitted in prayerfully. Page 18,
"not sell" read not have sold; last question same page,
" is blessed" read are blessed. Page 25, omit " p" in Sam-
son. Pages 27 and 28, " annointed" . anointed. Page 28,
supply " t" in Goliath; and "I"in challenged. Page 88,
" all wicked" read many wicked. Page 54, Christ " staid"
instead of stayed.
Future editions shall be free from like blemishes.